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Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Board Gaming League of Canton (June)

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, June 7 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Teen Animanga Club (June)

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, June 18, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Board Gaming League of Canton (August)

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, August 2 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, delicious food vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Celebrate The Mitten State

Do you love living in Michigan? Kids ages 5-9 can register online to join us at the library on Wednesday, July 9 from 2:00-2:45 PM for a fun Mitten State celebration. We'll read some stories that take place in the Great Lakes State, and have fun creating a Michigan-themed craft.

Summer Style Storytimes

We've decided to take our family storytime fun OUTSIDE!  Bring a blanket, snack and listening ears under the canopy in the back yard by the pond.  Join us for stories, music and fun in the sun activities on the following days:

Lunch & a Book August 2014

 On Thursday, August 14 at noon, we will be discussing:

The light between oceans: a novel by M.L. Stedman — After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings his young wife Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. Returning to the mainland when she is two, Tom and Isabel are reminded that there are other people in the world and discover that their choice has devastated one of them.

Adult Writers' Group July 2014

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, July 12
  • Saturday, July 26

Summertime Dance Your Fanny Off


Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Lunch & a Book July 2014

On Thursday, July 10 at noon, we will be discussing:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Tiger Stadium Documentary "Stealing Home"

"Stealing Home", winner of the recent Freep Film Festival audience award, chronicles the history of Tiger Stadium and the recent action of the Navin Field Grounds Crew to resurrect and maintain the remaining footprint of this historic location. This film presents the day-to-day activities of the Grounds Crew alongside historic imagery of the field from the past 100 years. Join us on Wednesday, June 18, 7:00-8:45 PM, as we watch this fantastic piece of Detroit Tiger history and then join director Jason Roche, Professor of Communication Studies at University of Detroit-Mercy, for an informative Q&A. This presentation is open to patrons of all ages and is a must-see for baseball fans and history buffs alike. This is also a CYS Game On: On the Scene approved program. Click here for Grantland's story on the topic from the recent Detroit feature.

Knit Night - August

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday August 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

hoopla Hoop - Hula Hoop Contest

Come and put your hula -hoop skills to the test! We are hosting a contest to celebrate hoopla, a multi-media platform that offers thousands of streaming and downloadable movies, music albums and audiobooks to the Canton community. The individual that hula-hoops the longest will walk away with a new android tablet, perfect for using hoopla! Staff will also be on hand to explain this awesome service in detail and help you set up an account! Contest participants are encouraged to bring their own hula - hoops if possible.  Join us Monday, June 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Tanabata Festival

Join us July 19th as we celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival. This festival celebrates the once-a-year meeting of star lovers, the Ox Herder and the Weaver Princess, who are separated by the Milky Way during the other 364 days of the year.

To help us celebrate, members of the Japan Society of Detroit Women's Club will present the Tanabata story using Kamishibai, a Japanese form of storytelling. We will also participate in the Tanabata custom of writing wishes on long strips of colorful paper and then tying them to tree branches in the hopes that they will come true. In addition children will have the opportunity to try on Yukatas or summer kimonos.

This event will take place Saturday July 19th at 11:00 am.

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

Knit Night - July

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday July 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

Pinterest Live - DIY SPA

Wondering if any of those homemade beauty product recipes on Pinterest actually work? Do you spend time pinning handmade scrubs and creams to a board thinking you will give them a whirl someday? Well let's roll up our sleeves together and bring some of those pins to life!  Join staff librarian and DIY enthusiast July 29th at 7:00 pm as we sample some recipes and recreate a few other.  Ages 12 and up. Registration required.

Make and Take a Hair Flower

Drop in for a crafting session June 23rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the  supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  All ages welcome. 

The Ring of Steel Theatrical Swordplay

On July 10 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, we will be welcoming The Ring of Steel to present their Introduction to Theatrical Sword play. Participants will be introduced to the safety procedures, underlying martial arts, and beginning techniques of swordplay for stage and film. This program is recommended for patrons 8 years old and up. No registration required.